Odell injured in preseason loss to Browns.
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr suffered an ankle sprain in last night's 10-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns after a low hit from Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, which drew some criticism from around the league. The hit was legal and Odell was able to walk off the field under his own power, but he did not return to the game as a precaution.
Cameras followed Odell into the locker room after he walked off the field and as soon as he got into the tunnel near the locker room he dropped to his knees.
Check out the footage below.
Considering the way the hit looked in real time, Giants fans should breath a sigh of relief that Odell only sprained his ankle. After the game reporters asked Odell if he thought he would be ready for the season opener in against the Dallas Cowboys on September 10th.
He didn't seem too worried. Per ESPN,
"I don't know. I'm pretty concerned," he said with a smile, "but I think I'll be all right."
As for the hit that sent him to the locker room, Beckham said it was "just football."
However, Giants safety Landon Collins felt the hit was wrong, and he let Briean Boddy-Calhoun know about it.
"I said he was wrong for what he did,'' Collins said after the game. "He said, 'It is what it is.'
"I'm gonna say it just like this, I couldn't have a teammate next to me playing that way. I can't condone it. It's nothing I seek. He had the opportunity to go out and make a different route. That's how I feel about it. ... It's not a penalty, but everybody knows, that's something you don't do."
Odell Beckham's longtime friend and college teammate, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, also weighed in immediately after the hit, tweeting, "This is why I hate preseason Bullshit...." Other players also criticized the hit saying even if it was a legal play, it was still a "cheap shot."
Check out some more of the reactions from around the NFL, below.
This is why I hate preseason Bullshit...— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) August 22, 2017
most players follow that unwritten rule to take care of each other w those cheap shots.— feeno (@ArianFoster) August 22, 2017
😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡 damn 20 green af‼️‼️— Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (@haha_cd6) August 22, 2017
Gotta make another rule change man...— King Me (@sammywatkins) August 22, 2017
Clean hit but come on. Kid did his job, can't be mad at him. Couldn't have been me. I'll leave it at that https://t.co/SV8iUqhwec— Damon Harrison (@BigDame900) August 22, 2017
Nooo!!! Not cool not a fan of going low on a guy in the air 🤦🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️hope he aight— Eddie Royal (@EddieRoyalWR) August 22, 2017
Odell hit was ugly. Sounds like he'll be ok, but this is why guys like Aaron Donald and Le'Veon Bell hold out— Andrew Hawkins (@Hawk) August 22, 2017
Rule change coming soon!— Michael Griffin (@MikeGriff33) August 22, 2017
Thank u 🙏🏽— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) August 22, 2017